Slinger students will document lives of workers building school addition


Photo courtesy Charles C. Ebbets

Sept. 28, 2017 – Slinger, WI– Slinger High School has received a $2,000 grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. The money will fund a project where students will shadow local construction and trade workers, including those working on the Slinger High School renovations.

Students will conduct interviews with the workers detailing their daily lives and careers, and then create displays and videos that highlight their findings with help from Educational Television Production (ETP.)

The project will last throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

The project will culminate in May with the Slinger Area History/Culture Night, where videos and displays will be showcased. The event, open to the public, will encourage further dialogue between students, workers, and community members.

“Through interviews and site visits collected by students and captured on video and audio, we can preserve stories and students and the community can have a better understanding of the cultural identity of the Slinger community,” says Nate Grimm, project director and Slinger High School teacher.

The Wisconsin Humanities Council has the only grant program in the state devoted to the public humanities.

The Council provides matching grants to communities, schools, civic groups, historical societies, museums, libraries, and other non-profit groups throughout the state. Ninety percent of WHC’s funding comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This program is part of our Working Lives Project. For more information, visit


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